My mom was a preschool teacher and when I was eight years old I went to help her. I grew up going with my mom and I learned to be a teacher. We had great times.
I remember my mom playing this really fun game. She would take the kids outside and go under a huge tree. She took a bed sheet, placed it on the ground and had the kids fill it up with leaves. Everyone held the sheet standing in a circle. Up and down they made it go with leaves bouncing all around.
Happy children sang a song as leaves danced before their eyes.
“Pretty leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down.
Pretty leaves are falling down all around us. (shake hard so leaves fall off of sheet)
Take the rake and rake them up, rake them up, rake them up.” (children put leaves back on sheet)
This song is to the tune of, Mary Had A Little Lamb.
I have played this game several times when I was a teacher and now with my kids.
It’s quit a sight to see children’s laughter when leaves fly up in the air and fall to the ground.
I just recently discovered a children’s book that Justin and Kaylee enjoyed during mommy snuggle time. We love books at our house.
Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber
Carole writes on the inside of her front cover,
“How many shapes and colors can you see in autumn leaves? Jump in and find out!”
After reading Leaf Jumpers we took a walk and kicked our feet through crunchy leaves. Neat sound!
It’s a great day to find some leaves to pile high and play in.
How about you? When you were a child what do you remember doing in the fall? Share a great memory with our readers!